You know the old story of the blind men and the elephant. I had one of those weeks where I was able to hopscotch between 10 groups trying to figure out what they were experiencing. They included:
- A high school staff seeking to boost engagement and achievement
- A high school thinking about a new building
- Business leaders and legislators contemplating cuts and opportunities
- Venture investors considering new edtech deals
- Legislators at an online learning summit
- Folks expanding learning options in rural high school education
- Lots of calls with companies trying to revolutionize assessment
- Lunch with edreformers (and ensuing twitter argument)
- Responding to a thoughtful white paper on what stuff should cost
- Adding some missing background on an EMO report
It’s hard to know what this all means just yet. But it’s clear that this is a decade of new challenges. States and schools are grappling with new higher standards during the decade of deficits (as Marguerite Roza called it this week). Both are unfamiliar territory. Budget cuts make it tough to consider new expectations but force system heads to think differently.
It’s also a decade of new opportunities. There more models and more tools than ever. K-12 is becoming far more dynamic with more talent and more investment coming into the sector. We’re living through a phase change at least as significant as the printing press and it’s exciting but confusing.
As you can tell from the list, I’m intentionally casting a wide net, but it’s all focused on innovations in learning. Blogging helps me make sense of what I’m experiencing.
What’s your personal learning plan? How are you making sure you get multiple touches at the education elephant? How are you making sense of it all?